4 out of 4 stars
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A new fiction genre needs to be created for We Are Voulhire - A New Arrival Under Great Skies - by Matthew Tysz. It is a masterpiece of storytelling that mixes the historical with the modernistic, the patriarchal with the progressive, magic with belief in providential retribution, war with the despising of “the systematic deprivation of human life” in a moving unhurriedly-appealing narrative.
The book is set in the kingdom of Voulhire with characters of intriguing personality traits and drive. King Wilhelm Arcolo is tender-hearted and laisser-faire with no trace of the monarchically expected haughtiness and tyranny. His next in command Lord High Chancellor Midius Maido does not hide his brazen and scheming nature. The unpretentious and unambitious Galen Bray who is also hospitable and generous is the heir to his late uncle’s forge. Lord Eldus Alderman is the man of the people who doubles as a loving husband and father. Prince Darius with his bleached-blond hair and eyebrow piercings typifies the Gen Z; he gives no hoot about the impression his lifestyle choices leave, and he is about the only person to hold Midius Maido off.
Voulhire is a prosperous and peaceful kingdom except for the small rebellious northwest part known as Riva Rohavi which has shown no belligerence for a while. Things will take a sudden turn when a well-orchestrated attack by Riva Rohavi brings the quiet Voulhire southern town of Hillport to its knees, decimating its population and the town fort with its thirty-something ships.
At the same time, Galen Bray the unassuming young man is only eager to leave his country for the inheritance awaiting him in Voulhire. There he meets a financier and a monk who both convince him of the need to live with him in his newly inherited house. This house in the town of Magnum Caelum is not far from the sea town of Hillport.
As the story unfolds you keep wondering how the lives of the humble Galen Bray, the ruthless and power-hungry magician Dalehei Meldorath, the ever-scheming Midius Maido and that of the royal family in the capital city Soulhire will converge.
If you revel in historical conquests and gallant knights stories, then this is your book. If stories devoid of sex and nudity appeal to you, then this is your book. If you are repulsed by gore and graphic war depictions, then this is your book. We Are Voulhire - A New Arrival Under Great Skies - by Matthew Tysz is undoubtedly a four out of four stars storytelling masterwork.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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